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1/20/15 – 4:51 A.M.

A semi overturned on I-75 in Hancock County early this morning, blocking traffic for hours. The crash was reported in the northbound lanes north of Van Buren around 1:15 a.m. The interstate didn’t reopen until 4 a.m.

The truck driver reportedly suffered head injuries and was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries. No other details were available.

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1/19/15 – 11:16 A.M.

If you like to eat out, last week’s news that Findlay remains a top destination to open a restaurant is good news. What you might not realize is that it’s good news beyond just the restaurant industry…

Audio: Tim Mayle

Tim Mayle is the Assistant Economic Development Director for the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance. Mayle says the diversity of restaurants in Findlay encourages businesses travelers in town for the week to spend more money.

Restaurant Business magazine ranked the city the 4th best market in the nation for 2014, trailing only Las Vegas and two Hawaiian cities. Findlay-Hancock County Assistant Alliance Economic Director says the magazine’s formula tends to rank tourist destinations high. However, Findlay has some travel advantages you might not think about…

Audio: Tim Mayle

Mayle adds that he believes there is still plenty of room for the restaurant industry to grow in Findlay.


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1/19/15 – 9:00 A.M.

Gas prices are nearly the same as they were seven days ago. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for a gallon of regular is $1.99 today. Last Monday we started the week with prices at $1.96. Prices dropped to around $1.90 a gallon before jumping again.

Findlay drivers report prices around $1.97 today. Prices rose to $2.09 a gallon late last week before falling over the weekend.

Drivers in Ottawa are paying around $1.99 a gallon today.

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1/19/15 – 8:51 A.M.

The Henry County man killed in a train-truck crash last week had been an elected official for many years. 63-year-old James Junge had served as a county commissioner in the 1980’s, and was also the mayor of Holgate from 2000 through 2004. He had also served eight years as a Holgate village councilman.

Junge was killed Wednesday when he tried to drive his truck around railroad crossing gates.

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1/19/15 – 7:33 A.M.

The public is urged to be on the lookout for a sex offender in Hardin County. Attorney General Mike DeWine says 71-year-old Richard Jenkins is violating sex offender registry laws. His last listed address was on State Route 309 in Kenton, but he has not reregistered his address since January of last year.

Jenkins was convicted on a charge of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor and gross sexual imposition of a child under 13 in 1993. He was released from prison in 2011.

Anyone with information on where Jenkins may be is urged to call the U.S. Marshals at (866)492-6833.

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1/19/15 – 6:41 A.M.

One person is in custody following an overnight standoff in Findlay. The Findlay Police Department reports officers were called to 230 Washington Street around 7:30 p.m. Sunday night following a report of a dispute and several gunshots in the area. Officers located a man with a gun when they arrived, and the man went back inside his home.

A crisis management team was called to handle the situation. Around 2:30 a.m. officers made entrance into the home. 23-year-old Michael Bennett was taken into custody without further incident. Bennett is facing an Inducing Panic charge.

A handgun and ammunition were found inside the home.


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1/19/15 – 5:28 A.M.

A teenager is in custody, and another person is still wanted in connection to a stolen car in Wood County. 13 ABC reports a 17-year-old was arrested after crashing a stolen car on County Road 4 in Risingsun Saturday night. The driver tried to flee the scene but was arrested a block away from the crash. The second suspect has not been located.

Risingsun police tell the TV station that officers received a tip about the stolen car, and an officer tried to stop the teen. No weapons were in the car or on the teenager.

No other details were available.

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1/19/15 – 5:21 A.M.

A Wyandot County man was killed in an apparent tree cutting accident over the weekend. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports emergency responders were called to a wooded area near State Route 568 west of Carey Saturday afternoon.

57-year-old John Putnam was able to cut a tree that fell on top of his leg but died trying to return to his truck. Putnam suffered a fractured leg. He had left for the woods near his home around noon Saturday.

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1/19/15 – 5:15 A.M.

If you’re heading north today you can expect traffic delays. ODOT reports rolling lane restrictions are possible on I-75 between Cygnet Road and the southern part of Perrysburg. The work will happen between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., and will affect traffic going in both directions.

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1/19/15 – 5:02 A.M.

A Forest man was killed in a Delaware Township crash Sunday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the one-car accident happened on Hancock County Road 304 near Township Road 184 around 9:40 p.m.

65-year-old Ronald Tangeman of Forest was driving east on Road 304 in a 1999 Chevy Malibu. His car left the road, causing him to overcorrect and leave the south side of the road. Tangeman’s car then traveled through a row of trees, overturned, and hit a tree in front of 15461 County Road 304.

Tangeman was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The accident remains under investigation.

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